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Step-by-Step Installation Guides

All- Product Installation PDF
Comprehensive, step-by-step guide to all products.

Fence Install PDF
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Gate Install PDF
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Installing our Garden Gates

Instalar Puertas PDF
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Gate install in Spanish

Drive Gate Install PDF
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Covering all give options

Arbor Install PDF
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The arbor as an extension to site posts

Swing Install PDF
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Concerning chains, ropes, and specs

Column Install PDF
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As lighted columns or post wraps

Related Installation Links

Setting Your Posts
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Porch swing sketch / specs
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Gate Swing Diagram
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Example Fence Layout
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Technical Support
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Pool Gate Codes
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A Word About Wood
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Recommended Finishes
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Shipping and Crating

Rocky Mountain Gate Hardware

Basement Remnants
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Sebastopol, CA

Charles and Brian in Piedmont, CA.
installing proqell fences and gates



Brian and his crew are available for all installations in the following San Francisco Bay Area locations:
East Bay
Marin County
San Francisco
The Peninsula
Sonoma County
Napa County

Your project inquires begins with Charles or Ben.

For 15 years Brian's licensed construction firm has managed the majority of our Bay Area installations. We hold his workmanship and his crew in the highest regards. Courteous, accountable, fairly-priced, and with a sentiment toward the craft that is above reproach.

However, they are not landscape or product designers. This aspect of your project is drawn from your own resources, and with the help of Charles or Ben. Brian will, however, provide you with a full and comprehensive installation, while providing the crucial measurements that enables Prowell Woodworks to fabricate your products. Brian will also be available to advise you on the most appropriate layout. But it is unfair to ask Brian to select a specific style gate or fence or arbor, etc that is most appropriate for your landscape.

And yet, more often than not, they are secured for additional site work unrelated to the Prowell installation, covering a scope that includes full additions, full remodels, and just everything in between.

The Rest of the Country
Homeowners who are their own installers should understand they are welcome to call or write with their own questions and concerns, before or during their installation. For the most part, we will review that process over the course of your order. It should be noted that approximately half of all gate orders are installed by the homeowner themselves. Driveway Gate installations are best performed by qualified carpenters or contractors. The majority of fence installations are performed by carpenters, contractors, or landscapers.

With your finished product will arrive a packet that will include: Appropriate Installation Guides; A reminder sheet of the most common mistakes made during installation; and the same dimensioned drawings that were originally approved prior to fabrication in the shop. These drawings will have the pencil marks and notations made in the shop and may even exhibit a coffee stain or two. They are your working drawings. Save them. Their value as collectibles may compound over time. Charles or Ben's signatures notwithstanding.

If there is a commonality among those of you who act as your own installers, it's a universal tendency to lose control of the pace of your work. An assumption that the work will progress with a definable timetable, and when you encounter hurdles, and delays, the pace increases to make up for what would naturally be considered Lost Time. This is always a mistake. It's better to use this opportunity as an exercise in focus. This principle we hear so much of: living in the moment with your focus on the moment, the process, and less on the finish line. It shouldn't be a horse race. Horse races assume the process itself isn't worthy of our full attention and time, that the process is beneath our skill-sets. A difficult transition for most of us raised in a culture where results are rewarded and process is waved aside as if dismissing the flies. If you practice this simple elemental mindset, you may, conceivably, come to a revelation that it IS NOT about results, that a life lived toward results is a life hinged on accomplishments--trophies, medals, certificates, promotions, bank accounts--when in actuality our lives are lived as a compilation of the hours and days and years wallowing pleasantly in the process of life itself.

All of a sudden we've touched upon one of the most overlooked cornerstones of anyone's life. Those who've faced mortality preaching live every day as if it's your last. A host of similar slogans and truisms but in practice it's as simple as the father who looks to interest his daughter in fly fishing as an eventual vehicle for a shared interest. Their time together at the practice casting pond is what the daughter will remember decades later. There will be photos in the family album of trophy trout, but when she's faced with remembering her father, it will most certainly be those hours passed together when time didn't exist, when results were deferential, when the process of being absorbed in the act, the seemingly inconsequential moments that feed and nourish the fullness of a life lived, in lieu of a life accomplished.

And at this juncture, the author apologizes for waxing on like an idiot. Stupid author.
Basically, take your time and don't end up like this poor sap:

  Brian on site in Kentfield (Marin County). December 2015

Milton, on site installing the Rocky Mountain Latch as the final step of an installation. A journeyman master carpenter.


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What we've learned over the past few decades:

1) Recommending a remote installer who may have been involved with another of our projects in any given area intimates that we know and trust him, when in fact we know nothing of him. He was simply the installer secured by a previous homeowner to install their project.

2) Recommending a remote installer we've never met who consequently visits your site is to present this installer as your first and only face-to-face connection to Prowell Woodworks. He may show up late, or not at all or perform the work ingloriously. He may be rude or unintelligent. His behavior impacts your impression of Prowell Woodworks.

3) Remote installers regularly attempt to sway the homeowner against Prowell Woodworks in lieu of themselves being hired to provide a facsimile of the same work for a better price. Facsimile is the key here. We've lost innumerable projects due to this phenomenon. The homeowner must often be determined, insisting on what they want. (Not to disparage those in the field, but there is less than a 1% chance that the work of a random installer will share the same plateau as the Prowell's.)

4) Recommending a remote installer associates Prowell Woodworks with that installer as if we were business associates and therefore liable for his or her workmanship.

5) We will often hear from whomever you eventually hire. They will call or write to check specifications or present a list of questions, which we will answer promptly. There is no link to competency or incompetency between those who reach out with questions and those who do not. What we can determine, from contact with your installer by phone or email, is their level of skill. Their level of experience in the trade.


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